It might have been one of the last metropolitan areas to do so, but Los Angeles has finally caught up with the bike sharing fad—in the past nine months, Santa Monica, Venice, and Downtown LA have rolled out programs. Now it’s West Hollywood’s turn to enter the fray.
Starting today, the WeHo Pedals bike share program officially begins it pilot program, giving West Hollywood a taste of it’s new bike-friendly future.
At an event today held at West Hollywood City Hall, the new bikes were on display for curious onlookers, and the city was signing people up for "founding memberships" in the WeHo Pedals program at a discounted rate.
The official launch of WeHo Pedals is August 30. In the meantime, riders can enjoy a truncated version of the bike share system. During the pilot program, WeHo Pedal bikes will be available at these four stations:
- West Hollywood City Hall
- West Hollywood Park
- The Intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Crescent Heights Boulevard
- Santa Monica Boulevard between Holloway Drive and North Olive Drive
Once the program is fully launched, the number of bike share stations will increase to 20 self service stations peppered throughout the city of West Hollywood. A total of 150 bike share bicycles will make up the WeHo Pedals fleet.
Riders can either rent the bikes at an hourly rate of $7, or purchase monthly ($25) or annual plans ($99) that include 90-minutes of allotted riding time each day. West Hollywood is also offering a discounted rate to those who sign up for a yearly plan between now and September 5. Founding members of the WeHo Pedals bike share program will pay $69 for a yearly plan. That price increases to $99 on September 6.
The WeHo Pedals bikes come loaded with such features as eight gears, baskets, LED headlights and taillights, and a U-lock. The bikes can be automatically locked to WeHo Pedal stations for free or locked to any public bike rack in the service area for a $2. Bikes can be checked out via "smartphone, computer, membership card, or by typing a member number and pin into a keypad on the bike."
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